Hemp: one of nature’s true superfoods

High in fibre, protein, vitamin E and zinc

Hemp seeds are darlings of the holistic health and beauty industries thanks to their high fibre, protein, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc content, as well as their abundance and balance of good fats.

Hemp seed oil has three times more antioxidants than flax seed oil and is rich in omega 3 and 6. It’s also a wonderful substitute to fish oil,” says holistic health coach, model and natural beauty advocate Elise Carr. “It’s also very safe as it’s toxin free so it does not harm your body. It is also sustainable – no need for herbicides, pesticides or fertilisers to grow hemp – so you are looking after Mother Earth as you take care of yourself too.”

Getting a daily dose of health-promoting hemp can come from consuming seeds, protein, flour or milk and can be readily added to favourite recipes or smoothies thanks to its mild, nutty flavour.

“Extensive research has proved the myriad of benefits that come from consuming hemp products in our food and applying it on our beautiful bodies,” says Carr. “For example, hemp has 800 milligrams of fibre compared to zero grams of fibre in cows milk.”

Knowing hemp from marijuana
While hemp is often confused with marijuana – which is also known to contain powerful health-supporting properties – hemp is a different variety of the same cannabis plant but contains 0.3 per cent or less of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that’s responsible for marijuana’s trademark high.

“There is no illegality in people consuming hemp products as long as they are THC free – nor is there criminality associated with the consumption of hemp,” says

Ron Williams, CEO of Lariese Purely Organic, the only Australian company who are legally permitted to import hemp seed products for human consumption. “However, in saying that, some states do not like it being promoted… they allow retailers to sell it but not promote it for human consumption.”

According to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand, hemp does not have any psychoactive properties, with the level of THC in hemp varying from zero to 0.5. It also states that the THC level in marijuana ranges from three to 15 percent, while hemp seeds, and even marijuana seeds, do not contain any THC.

Hemp for beauty
Hemp protein is easily digestible with 65 per cent globulin edestin and 35 per cent albumin protein – more than any other plant. This means its nourishing properties benefit from the inside out, infusing its good fats, vitamin and mineral content more readily than those plants that aren’t as easily digested, such as soy, which is known to contain natural toxins and can be troublesome for digestion.

Applying hemp directly to the skin allows the good fats to penetrate the outer layers.
“It is wonderful for moisturising, repairing and soothing skin and hair…it helps regenerate the skin’s protective layer,” says Carr.

Hemp seeds also contain:

  • GLA (gamma linolenic acid). Hemp is one of only five known sources, which include borage seed, evening primrose seed, blackcurrant seed, carrot seed and wheatgerm.
  • Almost no carbohydrates, with less than half a gram of sugar per 20 gram serving.
  • Fifteen times as much fat-fighting CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) as fish oil.
  • Cholesterol-fighting phytosterols: 1480mg per 20 gram serving.
  • B vitamins such as folate.
  • Vitamin D3. Hemp is the only known plant food source of this bone-strengthening vitamin. 

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